Piping (sewing)

Cotton day dress edged with contrasting piping, 1836–40, Victoria and Albert Museum.

In sewing, piping is a type of trim or embellishment consisting of a strip of folded fabric so as to form a "pipe" inserted into a seam to define the edges or style lines of a garment or other textile object. Usually the fabric strip is cut on the bias. It may be made from either self-fabric (the same fabric as the object to be ornamented) or contrasting fabric, or of leather.[1]

Today, piping is common on upholstery and decorative pillows, but it is also used on clothing. Piped pocket openings, garment edges, and seams are characteristic of Western wear.[2]


  1. Khalje, Susan (August–September 2005). "Threads". 120. Taunton Press: 40–45.
  2. George-Warren, Holly, and Michelle Freedman (2001). How the West Was Worn. Harry N. Abrams. pp. 181, 194, 199. ISBN 0-8109-0615-5.
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